In the M.S./Ed.S. School Psychology Program at Florida State, you will benefit from academic study, practicum experience, and internship leading to certification as a school psychologist. Our school psychologists go on to work in schools around the country and improve the lives of students.
The program consists of 73 credit hours of coursework over three years. During the first year, you will develop content knowledge and applied foundations. In the second year, you will have the opportunity to apply skills in practicum settings. Finally, you will spend the third year in a full-time internship in an approved setting. Successful graduates of the program receive both a specialist (Ed.S.) and a master’s degree (M.S.) in Counseling and Human Systems with a major in School Psychology.
As a school psychologist, you will work within the educational community to support students as they learn and grow. School psychologists often work alongside teachers and parents to help identify a student’s needs. Through our program, you will learn best practices and effective ways to provide support and intervention. The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) have both accredited our program. You can learn more about the role of a school psychologist by visiting the NASP website at http://www.nasponline.org. For more information and data about our program, please click here.
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Due to the systematic nature of the course sequence, the School Psychology degree requires full-time enrollment status, which is generally 12 hours or more per semester. Most courses are taught during the daytime hours on FSU’s campus and few are offered online. Furthermore, most courses are sequenced and offered only once per year. In addition, the School Psychology degree does not provide respecialization, retraining, or other alternative approaches to prepare candidates for credentialing as school psychologists (e.g., for candidates who hold graduate degrees in related fields and are seeking graduate preparation and credentialing as school psychologists).
In order to meet minimum University and Department admission requirements, an applicant must have:
- A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.2 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree. A degree in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Home and Family Life, Rehabilitation Services, or another related discipline is preferred. Admitted candidates who do not have these prerequisites will be expected to make up these deficiencies early in the program.
- GRE test scores – Official score reports are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report. The FSU Institution Code is 5219. FSU will consider only the highest scores from multiple testing attempts.Please visit the ETS website for GRE registration, test locations and dates, test taker accommodations, and free GRE General Test preparation materials: https://www.ets.org/gre
Applicants whose combined revised GRE scores fall below 300 may be required to successfully complete the FTCE General Knowledge Test (GK) prior to being considered for admission (per Florida Department of Education requirements).
Verbal – 144 or above
Quantitative – 143 or above
Writing – 3.5 or above
NOTE: The GRE requirements for master’s and specialist programs have been waived for the Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 terms.
- Language proficiency test scores – International applicants whose first language is not English must submit language proficiency test scores.
TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
IELTS – 6.5
MELAB – 77
- Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
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Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410
For this program, the following supporting documents must be to the Admissions Application Portal:
- Personal Statement (1 required) – The personal statement should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications, and long-term career goals and should be no more than 3 pages in length.
- Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
- Letters of recommendation should be written on letterhead by persons who are in a position to comment on the likelihood of your success within the department.
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae (1 required)
- Unofficial Transcripts – Include transcripts from all colleges attended. Uploading a copy will expedite the review process, though you must still send official copies to the Office of Admissions.
School psychologists use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in safe, healthy and supportive environment. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for psychologists is expected to grow 14.3% through 2026, which equates to 12,800 new jobs in the field. School psychologists engage in a variety of services, including assessment, consultation, prevention, intervention, education, research and planning, and health care provision. School psychologists across the nation make $85,340 on average.
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